Summer is fast approaching. Long days, warm nights, and ample time to make some waves on the water. When you want to show off your skills, whether it be on your favorite lake or on the wide open sea, there’s nothing quite like tearing across the water on a personal water craft (PWC). When you’re looking for an ideal ride this summer, you want a PWC that can give you a bit of everything—performance, convenience, stability, and of course, style. Thanks to the advanced technology of today’s models, most of the PWCs today allow even the most novice of riders to guide their way though the waters with ease. Whether you’re new to using personal water crafts or you simply want a refresher on what will get you the best ride on the water this summer, this top ten list will show you everything you could want and imagine in a personal water craft.
From a more modest but powerful starter model that can get you on the water and learning how to break though the waves quickly, to a more advanced ride with increasing power and performance perks, and the ultimate in all personal water craft’s available today, there is something on this list for you. When it comes to providing a luxurious ride with the performance to match, each of these sweet rides will get you ripping across the water in style. It doesn’t matter if you prefer to ride solo, want to impress your latest date, or you just want to go for a cruise and chill with your friends, there is a PWC on his list to fit your needs and budget without sacrificing luxury.
10. Sea-Doo GTI 130
Being on a budget doesn’t mean you have to sacrifice style and performance on a PWC. With the Sea-Doo GTI 130, you can get ample performance and easy handling wrapped in an attractive package. The 2016 Sea-Doo GTI 130 has a 600 lb weight compactly, can seat three people, has a Rotax 1503 engine, and an Intelligent Throttle Control (iTC) to allow you to ride comfortably no matter how new you are to the world of PWCs. Currently listed at just over $9,000, the Sea-Doo GTI 130 gives is a great deal for riders looking for a new toy without breaking the bank.
9. Kawasaki STX-15F
Another comfortable yet sleek ride for all PWC ability levels is the Kawasaki Jet Ski STX-15F. This model gives you the performance you want at a price you can live with. Starting at $9,600 for the 2016 year, the STX-15F will be your go-to mode of transportation on the water this summer. The STX-15F comes with a 1,498cc 4-cylinder engine to give you both power and control. The STX-15F’s multiple steering options and learning mode make this PWC ideal for riders who are new to the sport or who simply want a refresher before tearing it up on the water.
8. Yamaha VX Limited
Looking for a PWC that is both powerful and able to keep your friends entertained all day? The Yamaha VX Limited is just the PWC for your long days on the water. Listed at $10,899, the VX Limited has room for three rides plus a (single person) towable tube allowing you and your friends to get in some tubing while on the water plus all the accessories you need for the tube, like a tow rope and storage bag. Coupled with the VX Limited’s 3.cylinder 1049 cc engine, this is the PWC that will get you everywhere you want to go on the water.
7. Sea-Doo GTI Limited 155
Ready to take your riding experience to the next level without the price tag to match? Then the Sea-Doo GTI Limited 155 is the PWC for you this summer. The GTI Limited 155’s components are as impressive as its exterior. The Sea Doo website boasts that the GTI Limited 155 has the features you come to expect, like a 1503 NH 4-Tec engine, and iControl, but Sea-Doo throws in a bunch of extras like cruise control, Touring and Sport Mode, a removable dry bag, and a safety kit. With the unique exterior colors, powerful features, and a wealth of extras, the GTI Limited 155 is well worth the list price of $12.299.
6. Yamaha FX Cruiser SHO
Sleek, attractive, and powerful, the Yamaha FX Cruiser SHO has a little bit of everything. The sleek all-white paint makes a regal statement as you cut through the most demanding waters. The FX Cruiser SHO has a supercharged 4-cylinder 1812 cc engine to give you all the power you want. The FX Cruiser SHO’s features include adjustable tilt steering, cruise assist for easy navigation in no wake zones, air and water temperature display and two separate watertight storage compartments. Listed at $14,999 for the 2016 year, this is a great model for anyone who wants a PWC that can make a statement with little effort.
5. Kawasaki Jet Ski Ultra 310X SE
Power, reliability, and style come together to create a dream of a ride on the Kawasaki Jet Ski Ultra 310X SE. The 1498cc 4-cylinder, 4-stroke engine will boost your ride while the cruise control and Kawasaki Smart Steering give you the control necessary to enjoy your riding experience. The adjustable handles and both 5 mph and cruise control modes give you the ability to navigate the waters with ease and control at all times. The black and deep red color combination make this PWC stand out on the water as you race past your fellow riders with ease. Starting at $15,799, the Kawasaki Jet Ski Ultra 310X SE gives you all the perks and performance you could want this riding season.
4. Kawasaki Jet Ski Ultra 310R
There’s no chance you’ll be missed on the Kawasaki Jet Ski Ultra 310R this summer. With it’s bold lime on black finish and powerful 4-cylinder 1498cc supercharged engine, the 310R will be the envy of the water. The large watertight storage compartment allows you to pack for a full day trip without worrying about water damage. This model also has an adjustable handlebar that allows you to choose between 12 different positions, allowing you to have ultimate control and comfort while riding. At a list price of just over $16,000 for the 2016 season, the Kawasaki Jet Ski Ultra 310R is a must ride.
3. Sea-Doo RXT-X260
A smooth riding experience with powerful performance is what you can expect from the Sea-Doo RXT-X260. From the 1503 HO 4-Tec engine, to the eco mode and Ergolock seat, the RXT-X260 gives you all the performance and comfort you could want in a PWC. The tilt steering means you can ride comfortably and in control at all times. The RXT-X260 also provides convenient rear storage and access to the machine’s storage bin and battery. The RXT-X260 also has a digital readout giving you constant access to the clock, speedometer, and fuel gauge. Listed at $16,899 for the 2016 season, the Sea-Doo RXT-X260 will not disappoint.
2. Yamaha FX SVHO
When you want to combine top-end speed and performance with comfort and a realistic price tag, the Yamaha FX SVHO is an ideal choice. In 2015, this model was named Watercraft of the Year by Watercraft Magazine, and for good reason. The FX SVHO has a dual throttle handlebar system, a supercharged 4-cylinder, 4-stroke, 1812 cc engine, and room for three according to Yamaha’s website. The FX SVHO’s no wake control makes for easy maneuvering through calmer waters without limiting your top-speed ability on the open waters. Stylish and powerful with convenient features, the FX SVHO will up make you the envy of the water. Currently listed at just over $15,000, the FX SVHO is a must have.
1. Belassi B3R Sport
The king of personal water crafts, the Belassi B3R Sport is a monster on the water. With it’s 315 horsepower, the B3R Sport is the fastest PWC on the market today. This model has a 3-cylinder turbocharged and intercooler engine, a backlit display, and stability control. The B3R Sport also features an advanced breaking system, which allows you the control you need to properly control this monster of a personal water craft. The red-on-black color scheme for this model makes it a blaze of color on the water as you annihilate your competition. For a cool $30,000 the Belassi B3R Sport can be yours, making you the true king of the water.